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Outclassed, outfought and out of the FAI Cup – Bohemians are a team flirting dangerously close to a crisis.  Three unanswered goals from visitors Drogheda United saw the Gypsies limp out of the cup at the first time of asking in front of a disappointingly small crowd at Dalymount Park.

Aaron Callaghan’s men were without the suspended Dave Scully and worryingly enough really struggled without the big front man.  Chris Lyons was deployed as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation that struggled to create chances and rarely got in behind the Drogheda defence, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Bohs have had the unhealthy habit of conceding early goals this season, and tonight the trend continued.  A Jason Marks corner was knocked down to right back Stephen Quigley who unleashed a powerful half-volleyed shot from the edge of the area.  Not for the first time this season, Dean Delany will be disappointed with his role, as the ball seemed to go right through his out stretched arms.  On the bench – Greg Murray watches and waits.

Bohs only real spell of dominance came during the middle of the first half.  First, a Ryan McEvoy swirling cross slipped through Gabriel Sava’s hands and hit the post. Then, Bohs only clear cut chances were created. Unfortunately for the home side, they fell to the less prolific Keith Buckley.   He created the first for himself, jinking inside and floating a shot too close to Sava. The second chance was the key one. Good work from Lyons down the left led to Buckley in acres of space, 14 yards out in the centre of the goal. His right-footed shot was somewhat scuffed, and bobbled off the post. It was a stroke of luck that has summed up Bohs last few performances at Dalymount Park.

Drogheda’s second goal came from a simple move down the left. Michael Barker was tortured by Jason Marks all night, and the left winger’s 38th minute cross found Declan O’Brien in acres of space in the six yard box. A striker of Fabio’s quality doesn’t need to be asked twice, and his header doubled the Drogs’ lead. The half-time whistle was greeted with a kind of glum silence.

Fair play to Bohs, they tried to gee themselves up in the second period. Buckley was especially busy, buzzing around the midfield areas. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any real cutting edge. The watching Pat Fenlon would have been puzzled to see the strike force that ended the game. Kevin O’Leary and Adam Kelly are not household names, but their inclusion in such an important game underlines the standard of Bohs squad at the moment.

Drogheda’s third goal fully killed the game. After Bohs failed to properly clear their lines, Philip Hand unleashed a powerful shot from a truly outrageous angle. Delany will again be disappointed to be beaten at his near post, but the finish was very good.

Bohs return to league action next week with a daunting trip to Sligo before a crunch relegation clash against Shelbourne.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Andy Mulligan (Karl Moore, 75), Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Michael Barker, Dwayne Wilson (Kevin O’Leary, 46), Chris Lyons (Adam Kelly, 70). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Stephen Traynor, Michael Scott, Darragh Reynor.

Drogheda United: Gabriel Sava, Stephen Quigley, Paul O’Conor, Alan McNally, Cathal Brady, Ryan Brennan (Michael Daly, 86), Peter Hynes, Shane Grimes, Jason Marks (Philip Hand, 58), Alan Byrne, Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien (David Cassidy, 64). Subs not used: Michael Schlingermann, Gary O’Neill, Brian Gannon, Dean Gaynor.

Bohs Man of the Match: Luke Byrne


BOHEMIANS v DROGHEDA UTD (Friday May 31st, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians will have to be assertive against Drogheda, as they look to take advantage of the “one-off” nature of the cup tie, according to manager Aaron Callaghan.

Playing in their third competition in three matches Bohemians will seek to confirm the battling form shown in their 4-2 league cup win last week.

“You have to be a bit more gung-ho in your tactics for a cup match, because if you lose you’re out,” said Callaghan.


“Sometimes in a league game you’re happy enough to get a single point out of it. But we want to win this one, particularly as it’s on our home turf.”

The Bohemian manager admitted he would prefer to be playing a league game following last week’s defeat. “It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and we’re waiting two weeks to put things right. But this is another competition we’re hoping to do well in.

“It’s a tough ask as this is one of only two all-Premier Division ties in the round. The cup draw hasn’t been kind to either Drogheda or ourselves and it’s going to be difficult for both of us.”

Despite his team slipping down the league table, Callaghan insists they go into the cup tie confident. “I’m always confident going into a match, even when performances may not have matched the standards we set for ourselves,” he said.

“We had a good result against them up in Drogheda [2-2, four weeks ago]. They have had some problems with consistency themselves. They had a heavy defeat in the Setanta Cup final and they seem to be conceding more goals than they did last year.

“It’s probably going to be an open game and you’ll see goals. We just hope we get more than they do.”

The most recent cup encounter between the sides was in the EA Sports Cup last season (10 April 2012). That game was level, 1-1, after extra time and went to penalties, Drogheda winning the shoot-out.

For Friday, Bohs are without Dave Scully, suspended for one match with four yellow cards. Owen Heary remains out with a hip injury, though he has returned to training and may be fit for Bohemians’ next league match.

The absence of Scully and Heary, following the recent departure of Stephen Paisley, means Bohemians are short on bigger, stronger players.

“Drogheda are a strong, physical side and we may be a bit lightweight. To be missing Dave’s height and his battling qualities is disappointing,” said Callaghan.

Roberto Lopes, Luke Byrne and Chris Lyons have returned to the squad after training with the Ireland under-21s. Callaghan is delighted with the opportunity these young players have had, “and it shows we must be doing something right when we supplied three of the 22 players in the squad”.

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Our good friends at the Temple Bar Hotel have joined us in welcoming Derby County supporters to Dublin for our upcoming friendly in July (Saturday 13th).

The hotel, with an unrivaled location in the very heart of Dublin city centre, is providing special weekend bed and breakfast rates for the travelling Rams of €95 per single room and €125 per double room.

To make a reservation, please contact the Temple Bar Hotel at or call +353 1 677 3333 – and make sure to mention you’re coming to Dublin for the Bohs game!


Nestled in the most vibrant area of city centre bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and close to all major bus and rail links in the city, this hotel offers every possible amenity on its doorstep.

Dublin’s most popular shopping streets – Grafton St and Henry St – are both within short walking distance, while the city’s most popular tourist attractions are accessible by foot and by bus/Luas.

And that’s not all… The Temple Bar Hotel not only has a great location, but offers guests full entertainment facilities all under one roof! Check out & for more details.

Meanwhile, Derby fans are advised that tickets for the game will not be sold in advance – money will be accepted at the turnstiles.



A big Bohemian thank-you to AES Waste Management, our match sponsors for this Friday’s FAI Ford Cup clash with Drogheda United (Dalymount Park, 7.45).

AES Waste Management is Ireland’s leading provider of waste bin collection and recycling services. They serve over 95,000 homes across Leinster and North Munster. As part of the Bord na Móna group, they are “committed to delivering innovative, eco-friendly waste management solutions.”

As always, please support our sponsors – visit for more information.


If you are interested in matchday sponsorship packages at Bohemians, click here for more information, or email

The matchday sponsorship package is an excellent way to reward your company’s staff or your clients with a good night out, whilst at the same time promoting your business.



Bohemians will find out who they face in the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup when the draw is made live on RTÉ’s MNS on Monday June 10th.

The tie is scheduled to take place on Monday July 1st, while the semi-finals and final are pencilled in for Monday August 5th and Saturday September 21st respectively.

Bohs last won the tournament in 2009 (pictured), beating Waterford Utd 3-1 in the final at the RSC.

QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP: Bohemians, Cork City, Drogheda Utd, Limerick, Derry City, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic.

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ENGLAND v IRELAND: Watch it at Dalymount

Con Martin and Peter Farrell in 1949, Alf Ringstead in 1957, Cabra man and former Bohemian Gerry Daly in 1976 and again in 1987, Ray Houghton in 1988 (pictured), Kevin Sheedy and Tony Cascarino in 1990, Niall Quinn in 1991 and David Kelly in 1995.

Who’ll be the next Irishman to put the ball in the England net? What better place to find out than the Home of Irish Football, Dalymount Park!

The Members’ Bar will be open from 6pm this Wednesday (May 29th) ahead of Ireland’s first meeting with England (KO 7.45pm) since the infamous 1995 abandoned match.

All pints €3.50 on the night – spread the word and invite your Facebook friends!



Bohs-mad Brush Shiels (pictured with Bernard Dunne) will perform a one-off special gig in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park on Friday June 21st.

Admission to this important fundraising gig for the club will be just €10.

More information and ticket details to follow – spread the word!

Meanwhile, another date for your diary is SATURDAY JUNE 15th as the DALYMOUNT SESSIONS return to the Members’ Bar from 8pm.

Admission to the Dalymount Sessions, which features musicians with a wide range of musical tastes, is FREE.



After Bohemians’ disappointing Dublin derby defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to Robbie O’Reardon. Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron


Bohemians’ winless run stretched to 6 league games following a disappointing 2-0 defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park. The Gypsies have now slipped into the bottom two, with just one win in 10 Premier Division games after goals from ex-Bohs men Christy Fagan and Killian Brennan downed Aaron Callaghan’s men.

The Gypsies boss made two changes to the team that drew  with Shamrock Rovers in last week’s Derby, but the returning Chris Lyons and Stephen Traynor could do little to influence a game dominated by the newly-crowned league leaders, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


While the gulf in class was apparent, Bohs will be extremely disappointed with a listless first half performance that showed very little heart and determination. The goals came within just three minutes of each other, and knocked what little stuffing was left out of Callaghan’s young side.

The opening 20 minutes was painfully cagey, with both teams feeling each other out on a deceptively bobbly surface in Phibsboro. You felt it would take a moment of magic or a mistake to open the game, and it was the latter, unfortunately for Bohs and Stephen Traynor. The midfielder was caught in possession 30 yards from goal on 23 minutes by John Russell, who quickly slipped a lovely ball through to Christy Fagan. The former Man United trainee showed his class by slotting the ball between the legs of Dean Delany to give the Saints the lead.

A clearly shell-shocked Bohs had barely registered the opener when the lead was doubled. Just 90 seconds had passed when Chris Forrester’s mis-hit cross was clearly handled just inside the box by Derek Pender. It was a silly and needless error from the experienced Pender, and referee Alan Kelly had no choice but to point to the spot. Killian Brennan smashed the penalty home with an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Brennan’s Ronaldo-esque apologetic celebration showed some respect to the club he spent 4 successful years.

Half-time couldn’t come quick enough for the Gypsies who were at sixes and sevens. Traynor was having a particularly torrid evening alongside Ciaran Nangle. The left back was culpable again as Fagan got in behind for a second time, but this time his shot creeped just past the post.

Callaghan changed to a 3-5-2 in the second period, but Bohs still struggled to create any clear cut chances. The home fans were howling on the hour mark when a Dave Scully cross seemed to strike the arm of Kenny Browne. Although Pender’s was more obvious, many felt Alan Kelly would even up the penalty count – but to no avail. The Bohs fans were particularly irked by a string of Kelly decisions. Perhaps that was a good thing for the Bohs players as it took the attention away from probably one of the team’s worst performances in a long time.

With the next league game away to Sligo Rovers, Bohs may well be still in the bottom two by the time Shelbourne visit on the 14th of June. What a huge game that might be in the context of the season.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Ciaran Nangle (Kevin O’Leary, 66), Shane Murray, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor (Roberto Lopes, 46), Andy Mulligan (Karl Moore, 83), Chris Lyons, Dave Scully. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Kevin Devaney, Michael Barker, Michael Scott.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien, Conor Kenna, Kenny Browne (Aidan Price, 77), Ian Bermingham, Chris Forrester, Greg Bolger, Conan Byrne, Killian Brennan, John Russell, Christy Fagan (Anto ‘Bisto’ Flood, 86). Subs not used: Dave Ryan, Jake Carroll, Shane McFaul, Sean Gannon, Jake Kelly.

Bohs Man of the Match: Luke Byrne


It’s Ladies Night at Dalymount Park tonight, with an admission price of just €5 for all our female fans!

And if that wasn’t enough, our friends and neighbours at HICKEY’S PHARMACY will be handing out free product sample bags to the first 30 ladies through the turnstiles!

To mark the occasion, Bohemians will be working with the Marie Keating Foundation to help promote their cause –  providing women and their families with vital information to help  prevent cancer and detect it at its earliest stages. For more information on the Marie Keating Foundation’s work, please visit

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